Wednesday, May 6, 2009
SYDNEY – A bungee jumping, ostrich-riding British charity worker was named the winner Wednesday of what's been dubbed the "Best Job in the World" — a six-month contract to serve as caretaker of a tropical Australian island.
Ben Southall, 34, of Petersfield, beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for the dream assignment to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef for while writing a blog to promote the area.
He was selected for the 150,000 Australian dollar ($111,000) gig by officials from the tourism department of Queensland state.
The "lucky bastard" is bringing his Canadian girlfriend with him. Congrats go out to him from all of us who applied and from those of us who couldn't apply, because our wives said no.